In the Moquegua region of Peru, a new community of learning has launched, in which representatives of civil society, government, business, and academia jointly explore problems and solutions relating to mining governance in the region. The community offers a neutral space to build and strengthen the trust among and within the different stakeholder groups in the Moquegua region in order to promote dialogue, exchange of experiences, and learning – all aimed at achieving more inclusive, fair, and effective mining governance in the region.
In recent years, initiatives linked to the mining sector of Peru have carried out various efforts to achieve adequate synergy and coordination between government actors, companies, civil society, and communities regarding the governance of extractive projects. They commonly seek to achieve consensus among the different actors to enable appropriate governance and collective action to solve specific problems in the different territories where extractive projects are developed. Because of historical tendencies towards conflict among stakeholders, however, results have been suboptimal and practical application of recommendations and lessons falls short.
In 2021, one of those efforts, a multi-stakeholder dialogue process at the regional level called RIMAY Moquegua (a Quechua word meaning “to speak”), promoted by the Regional Government of Moquegua, the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines, and with support of the Inter-American Development Bank, produced a co-created mining vision for the region.
A community of learning to spur collective action
Building upon the RIMAY Moquegua process and taking into account the region’s long-standing tradition of multi-stakeholder dialogue processes, in early 2022 the Leveraging Transparency to Reduce Corruption initiative (led by the Brookings Institution and Results for Development) engaged with CCPM Consulting Group to create an innovative Community of Learning in Moquegua dedicated to the strengthening of governance around mining in the region. A community of learning approach was selected because it offers a neutral space for diverse actors to interact and learn about issues of joint interest, explore opportunities for collaboration, and thereby plant the seed for further collaboration, creativity, and collective action.
The goal of the Community is to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences among key stakeholders (civil society, academia, business, citizens, and various levels of government) in the Moquegua region. Its ultimate goal is to contribute to improving governance and the effective management of mining revenue in the region. The Community aims to produce and disseminate relevant information, studies, lessons learned, and shared reflections about the challenges and opportunities related to improving governance of mining revenue, with particular focus on curbing corruption.